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Annual Inspection Checklist for Multifamily Properties

Helpful Checklist for Annual Inspection of Multifamily Properties

Annual-inspection-checklist-for-maintaining-multifamily-properties Summer is right around the corner. This means families, especially those with kids, will be out and about ready to enjoy the summer sun while making memories to last a lifetime for multifamily properties. With this new excitement of outdoor play comes dangerous hazards! This can be anything from nuisances (Not sure what that is? We have a blog for that!) or cracked sidewalks that can cause trips and falls (You guessed it we have a blog on that too!). The best thing you can do as a multifamily owner or an HOA president is to get these hazards taken care of before the summer season and stay on top of these potential issues. Being proactive and taking care of potential issues as they arise is always recommended, however, doing an annual inspection is also a great way to find any issues or hazards you might have missed. As always, you can reach out to us if you need help with any maintenance that might come up. Below, we have provided a helpful checklist for annual inspection for multifamily properties below to get you off on the right foot to ensure your property is safe for summer play this year and many more to follow!

Amenities

Pool

Pool deck free of cracks and chips

Pool coping free of cracks and chips

Cracks or leaks inlining

Gate and safety locks in working order

Playground

Equipment is safe

Padding is checked

Fencing and safety locks are secure

Fitness Centers

Check door locks

Wall mirrors are securely attached

Weight and equipment mounts are secure

Courts – Tennis or Basketball

Gates and safety locks

Surface cracks

Fix faded or chipped paint

All lighting is in working order

Dog Park

Check and repair fencing

Gates and locks are working

Water stations or water pads in working order

Grounds

Sidewalks

Cracks within the concrete are filled

Curb ramps are checked

Surfacing and leveling issues are corrected

Landscape nearby is maintained

Parking Lots

Paint is visible/pavement striping

Proper signage is used

Safety gates and locks are working

Retaining Walls

Any stucco issues are repaired

Check for leaks

Check for mold on walls

Inspect for cavities or warps

Fencing

All fencing is stable

All holes or entrances are repaired

Buildings

Interior

Separated window seals

Check for mold around windows

Replace malfunctioning smoke detectors and fire extinguishers

Ensure HVAC systems are in working condition

Exterior

Clean and/or repair gutters

Check for broken or damaged shingles

Replace non-working lightbulbs or fixtures

Recreational Buildings/Clubhouse

Check for outdoor grill stabilization

Deep clean grills or cooking spaces

Check for loose hardware on fitness equipment

Dispose of any broken/damaged fitness equipment

 

We all know that the weather getting warmer can bring on amazing projects to keep your multifamily properties in shape and ready for a beautiful summer. At Classic Construction & Restoration, our full supporting staff is ready to shape up your commercial or residential property so that summer happens for you and not to you. Call us today for a free estimate on any of your property projects.

HOAs are affected by COVID

How Will Your HOA Construction Project Be Impacted by COVID-19?

The Bad News, The Good News

HOAs are affected by COVIDWhen it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems like it has been a lot of bad news – and within the construction industry there has been a healthy mix of bad and good. According to Dodge Analytics, the health of the construction industry dropped by over 25% between the first and second quarters of 2020, but by the third quarter rose slightly, suggesting that initial negative impacts of the virus had leveled. In 2020, we experienced a year of unprecedented disruptions.

In addition, workplace adjustments to COVID-19 on construction sites are further complicated by the fact that you often need teams of people working and coordinating closely on the jobsite. Separating employees as much as possible, forming smaller work crews, staggering shifts, and ensuring that everyone is wearing proper personal protective equipment (PPE) are all precautions that construction industry employers should be taking.

Lumber Shortage

Currently, the nation still faces an historic and unprecedented lumber shortage. The shortage is the result of growing demand for bigger homes, new construction, and a surge of home renovations amid the pandemic. As a result of this perfect storm, lumber prices and other building materials have skyrocketed since the start of the pandemic, and have only just begun to fall. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the average price of a newly constructed single-family home has increased by about $36,000 since April 2020.

The lumber shortage is just part of the litany of insufficiencies in today’s market. The price of all building materials are in constant fluctuation. Developers are tapping out their current supply of land much more quickly than anticipated, and build-ready land is not readily available. It typically takes a year or more to clear the obstacles required to turn raw land into a new home development, and large home builders are already behind current needs. As fewer build-ready lots become available, the demand for new home construction has been surprisingly increasing during this same time frame.

This shortage has contractors and builders struggling to find affordable materials. This challenge leaves suppliers susceptible to allegations that they may be using pandemic-related shortages to their advantage by unfairly raising prices. In the meantime, we are sure to see parties attempting to utilize termination, price escalation, and other contract terms to mitigate the impact. With many businesses suspending operations during the early months of the pandemic, construction companies and contractors have had to scramble to adjust, with many ultimately paying higher prices for materials.

How Classic Can Help

Classic Construction knows the importance of managing budgets for new construction, as well as restorations for HOAs and multifamily communities. Construction work across the board has become more expensive due to COVID-19, but we’re dedicated to making sure we’re doing all we can to ensure you get the best prices and the best quality work.

On Time. On Budget. That’s Classic.

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Community Pool Hoa, blue pool and a railing to enter the pool

Suggested Community Pool Guidelines for HOA Leaders During COVID- 19

 Community Pool Hoa, blue pool and a railing to enter the poolAs local governments across North Texas start lifting stay-at-home orders, many property managers of HOA and apartment communities are feeling pressure from their residents to open their community’s amenities. This particularly applies to community pools as summer is now upon us.

But there is some trepidation amongst community leaders to do so, specifically
because of the liability issues that arise with their insurance companies. Most
insurance policies are probably unclear on their standards of liability when it
comes to national diseases such as COVID 19 as this is a trial unprecedented in our lifetime.

While we here at Classic Construction do not presume to be experts on what
insurance policies will and will not cover, we can say that we encourage you as a
property manager to speak with the insurance company and determine these
things.

In the meantime, if the pressure from your residents to open the community pool
becomes too great to resist, we have some guidelines that should help you stay in
compliance with the CDC pool guidelines and with social distancing.

First, consider setting up blocks of time for pool access that your residents can
sign up for. This will help you control the number of residents who enter the pool
area at one time and comply with social distancing. Additionally, you might be
able to further mitigate your liability risk by having residents sign a release of
liability waiver before entering the pool area, as well as posting signs reminding
citizens of the social distancing protocol.

Second, consider how you will adjust your sanitation policies to accommodate the
new pool policies. Will you reduce the amount of pool furniture available so that
it can be spaced approximately 6 feet apart? And will you clean and disinfect the
furniture between each time block, or periodically during each time block while
residents swim?

lifeguard at community pool sitting in white chair with red flotie in his lap Lastly, consider the staffing requirements you might have were these policies put into place. While the community might already have a staff of trained lifeguards, we do not suggest asking your lifeguards to perform multiple tasks in addition to watching the pool. This means you might consider hiring staff to document who enters the pool according to your time blocking chart, to collect the liability waivers, and who clean and disinfect all pool furniture and equipment.

If you find that you are able to withstand the pressure from residents to open the community pool, take a moment to consider what repairs can or should be made to your pool area before you do open it. The most common projects we at Classic have performed over the years include repairs to the wrought iron or other
fencing surrounding the pool, as well as surfacing and deck repairs.